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In today’s news: The Guardian view on musical education, new Birmingham Conservatoire opens doors, and Schubert Ensemble reveals final season. Flashmob plays Marquez, a new study reveals the correlation between Education, wealth and the desire to learn an instrument, and the music competition of German broadcaster ARD has ended this year with eight second prizes and just one first prize.

The Guardian

The Guardian view on musical education: it needs social harmony

Birmingham’s renaissance sees a new conservatoire. That is good news. But we need policies to ensure music is not dominated by a wealthy elite

The Telegraph

British conductor sacked by US music festival after ‘innocent’ joke with his African-American friend was labelled racist

An acclaimed British conductor has been fired from a prestigious American music festival after a seemingly innocent joke he made to a black friend was labelled racist.

Music Teacher

New Birmingham Conservatoire opens doors

It is the first purpose-built music college to be constructed in the UK since 1987, and the conservatoire’s principal, Professor Julian Lloyd Webber, has predicted it will be the ‘last-ever’ performing arts institution of its kind to be built in this country.

Classical Music Magazine

Schubert Ensemble reveals final season

The Schubert Ensemble will give around 50 concerts in the UK and abroad before returning to its London home for a farewell concert at Wigmore Hall on 21 March 2018.

The Strad

Violin expertise and how to acquire it: Jacques Francais on the pitfalls of instrument identification

Legendary Manhattan-based French dealer, who died in 2004, with some words of wisdom first published in The Strad November 1988 issue. Interview by Stewart Pollens

WQXR

A Flash Mob Descended Upon A Mall to Play Marquez’s ‘Danzon No. 2’

We love our flash mobs. And who wouldn’t? Good things are great, but unexpected good things are even better.

Codex Flores

Bildung und Einkommen beeinflussen Musikaktivitäten

Laut einer aktuellen Studie der Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover im Auftrag der Bertelsmann Stiftung entscheiden Bildungsstatus und Einkommen der Eltern darüber, ob ein Jugendlicher Musik macht.

 Musik Heute

ARD-Musikwettbewerb vergibt acht zweite Preise

Beim Internationalen Musikwettbewerb der ARD wurde diesmal nur ein erster Preis verliehen. Daneben gab es acht zweite Preise, davon drei am Schlusstag im Fach Oboe, und drei dritte Preise.

 Pizzicato

‘Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition’ kündigt 2. Ausgabe an

Eine zweite Ausgabe der ‘Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition’ findet vom 8. August bis 1. September 2018 in Shanghai statt.

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New Birmingham Conservatoire opens

(Written on September 11, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, members of Royal Albert Hall have been criticised by reselling unwanted tickets using sites such as Viagogo and StubHub for a profit, instead of returning the tickets to the hall’s official ticket system. Bogdan Roscic has been appointed as the Vienna State Opera’s next director from 2020 and New York’s Metropolitan Opera has cancelled a new production of Verdi’s La forza del destino by the Catalan director Calixto Bieito. Germany saw music sales increase over 2% last year, with vinyls and paid streaming being the largest contributors.

Classical Music Magazine

Royal Albert Hall members criticised for reselling tickets

Royal Albert Hall members have been criticised by a former president for reselling tickets outside of the hall’s official ticket return system.

Opera Now Magazine

Vienna State Opera appoints new boss

Bogdan Roscic has been appointed as the Vienna State Opera’s next director from 2020. Roscic, a senior executive in the recording industry, was considered an outsider for one of opera’s most coveted positions since he has no experience of running an opera house.

Met cancels Bieito production

In what has been described as a ‘cost-cutting measure’, New York’s Metropolitan Opera has announced that it has cancelled a new production of Verdi’s La forza del destino by the Catalan director Calixto Bieito.

Opera by 11-year-old receives ovation in Vienna

An 11-year-old British composer Alma Deutscher has received a standing ovation in Vienna for the premiere of her opera, Cinderella.

The New York Times

100 Years of New York Philharmonic Milestones, by the Earful

It was 100 years ago this Friday — on Jan. 20, 1917 — that the New York Philharmonic cut its first record.

The Washington Post

American music for an inaugural week

The National Symphony Orchestra is getting better at connecting to the world outside its doors. On Thursday night, the day before the inauguration, Gianandrea Noseda, its music director designate, led an all-American, presidentially focused program, including Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait” and suites from John Williams’s scores to “Lincoln” and “JFK.”

Klassik.com

US-amerikanische Sopranistin Roberta Peters gestorben

Die US-amerikanische Sopranistin Roberta Peters ist tot. Nach Angaben ihrer Familie starb die Sängerin im Alter von 86 Jahren an den Folgen einer Parkinson-Erkrankung.

Musik Heute

Ádám Fischer wird Ehrenmitglied der Wiener Staatsoper

Der ungarische Dirigent Ádám Fischer (67) wird Ehrenmitglied der Wiener Staatsoper. Das teilte das Haus am Donnerstag mit. Die Ernennung soll am 26. Januar nach einer Aufführung von Mozarts “Don Giovanni” erfolgen.

Musikexpress

Vinyl-Umsatz steigt auch in Deutschland auf höchsten Wert seit 25 Jahren

Der deutsche Musikmarkt ist im vergangenen Jahr um über zwei Prozent gewachsen. Vor allem bezahltes Musikstreaming (+73%) und Vinylverkäufe (+41%) konnten zulegen, während für CDs (-9,6%) und Downloads (-19,4%) im Jahr 2016 weniger Geld ausgeben wurde als im Vorjahr.

Neue Musikzeitung

Generationswechsel bei Breitkopf & Härtel

Lieselotte Sievers, geschäftsführende Gesellschafterin, hat die Geschäftsführung des Musikverlages Breitkopf & Härtel an Sebastian Mohr und Nick Pfefferkorn übergeben

Le Figaro

Investiture de Donald Trump: comment les stars américaines lui ont tourné le dos

Douche froide pour le nouveau président américain. Il imaginait son arrivée sur les marches du Capitole comme une intronisation à paillettes, avec stars à gogo et tubes à sa (dé)mesure… Le magnat de l’immobilier a vite déchanté. Retour sur la très laborieuse organisation de cette cérémonie.

France musique

La programmation du Festival d’Aix-en-Provence 2017 dévoilée

Sur son site internet, le Festival d’Aix-en-Provence a publié le programme de sa prochaine édition. Et cette année encore, création mondiale, Mozart, et de grands noms du monde lyrique s’y croiseront.

El Mundo

Más de cien Grammys para el ADDA

Claro y conciso, el presidente de la Diputación de Alicante, César Sánchez, resaltó esta cifra durante la presentación de la programación estival del Adda y de la temporada sinfónica 2017-2018 en la feria Fitur de Madrid.

Twitter

Music History @today_classical  in 2014 Death of Italian Claudio in Milan.

Music History @today_classical  in 1855 Birth of French Amedee-Ernest

BR_KLASSIK @BR_KLASSIK Die Stimme von ist zurück! Gestern in “Lohengrin” an der . Freude und Applaus!

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Photo: New York MET Opera/ Rhinegold

(Written on January 20, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Andrew Norman wins the Grawemeyer Award for Music, one of the most prestigious contemporary music prizes. Spanish National Orchestra (Orquesta Nacional de España) has appointed new concertmaster, violinist Gjorgi Dimchevski. An alleged Beethoven manuscript failed to sell at auction after its authenticity being questioned by an academic. Also, a French composer was arrested in Russia while he was attempting to settle a plagiarism claim against a Russian singer.

Gramophone

Andrew Norman wins the $100,000 Grawemeyer Award for Music

Norman’s 47-minute orchestral work ‘Play’ has won the 2017 award from the University of Louisville.

The Violin Channel

Madrid’s Spanish National Orchestra Announce New Concertmaster

The Spanish National Orchestra has today announced the appointment of 32 year old violinist Gjorgi Dimchevski as their new Concertmaster

DW

French musician ‘held’ after crying foul in Russia

A French composer aiming to settle a plagiarism claim against a Russian singer has run into trouble after the singer accused him of extortion. The Frenchman was met by police while trying to sign a settlement.

International Arts Manager

Royal Flemish Philharmonic opens new hall

Royal Flemish Philharmonic (RFP) has opened its brand-new Queen Elisabeth Concert Hall in Antwerp. The 2,000-seat hall will be home to RFP for both concerts (45 per year) and rehearsals (100 days per year).

Inquirer.net

Listening to Mozart can lower your blood pressure

Inquirer.net was invited to a series of talks on how to prevent and treat cardiovascular diseases like high blood pressure, heart failure and other types of heart diseases by drug and nondrug treatments and it seems as listening to Mozart can lower your blood pressure.

Music Business Worldwide

Lewis Carnie And Paul Rodgers Step Up To Head BBC Radio 2 And 6 Music

Lewis Carnie and Paul Rodgers have been promoted at the BBC to Head of Radio 2 and Head of Radio 6 respectively.

Klassik.com

Echtheit angezweifelt: Auktionshaus bleibt auf Beethoven-Manuskript sitzen

Ein vom Auktionshaus Sotheby’s in London zum Verkauf angebotenes Beethoven-Manuskript hat keinen Käufer gefunden. Grund dafür war ein öffentlich ausgetragener Dissens über die Authentizität des Autographs zwischen dem Auktionshaus und einem Beethoven-Spezialisten der Universität Manchester.

Musik Heute

Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern planen neue Konzertformate

Die Festspiele warten 2017 Jahr mit neuen Formaten auf. Das spektakulärste Konzert wird nach Ansicht des Intendanten Markus Fein in Rostock zu hören sein: Schlagzeug unter Kränen. In der Reihe “Unerhörte Orte” werde der Preisträger in Residence, der Schlagzeuger Alexej Gerassimez, mit seinem Percussion-Ensemble in der Produktionshalle des Kranbauers Liebherr auftreten.

Studie: Musikmachen bei Jugendlichen im Trend

Das Musikmachen hat im Leben von Jugendlichen einen hohen Stellenwert. Dieses Fazit zog der Musikinstrumentenverband SOMM am Dienstag aus einer aktuellen Studie zum Medienumgang von 12- bis 19-Jährigen in Deutschland. Danach musizieren 21 Prozent der Jugendlichen mindestens mehrmals pro Woche selbst.

Codex Flores

Festival Strings Lucerne in der Elbphilharmonie

Die Festival Strings Lucerne werden als erstes Schweizer Orchester die Akustik des neuen Konzertsaals in der Elbphilharmonie Hamburg testen zu können. Am 11. Januar 2017 beginnt nach beinahe zehnjähriger Bauzeit der Spielbetrieb. Die Festival Strings Lucerne absolvieren ihr Debütkonzert am 1. Juni 2017.

Twitter

Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic Berlin will publish the pay of its chief conductors http://dlvr.it/Mmpv4m #ClassicalMusic

BR_Klassik @BR_Klassik ier haben sich gestritten, ein Unbekannter hat zugeschlagen: 4,5 Mio Pfund für #Mahlers 2. Symphonie bei @Sothebyshttps://t.co/OGhPXZ9iay

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera Scandalous! Why #ROHhoffmann hogged the headlines 36 years ago: https://t.co/3zd7870wkD

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Photo: Jessa Anderson

(Written on November 30, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Gramophone explores how streaming has changed the way people listen to classical music, and The National Student describes how The Student Pulse App is your key to classical music in London. Also, Tortelier is appointed chief conductor of Iceland Symphony Orchestra

Gramophone

Making waves: classical music and the rise of streaming

Streaming has changed the way an increasing number of people now listen to music, yet many record labels say that the numbers just don’t add up. Charlotte Gardner looks at how the classical music industry is facing up to this fresh challenge

Classical Music Magazine

Iceland Symphony Orchestra appoints Tortelier as chief conductor

The Iceland Symphony Orchestra has announced Yan Pascal Tortelier as its next chief conductor

The Strad

Van Kuijk Quartet named BBC New Generation Artists

The French group is one of seven musicians and ensembles taking part in the development programme

The National Student

London’s best classical music, from £4, at your fingertips

The Student Pulse App is your key to classical music in London, featuring concerts from 11 of London’s best orchestras and venues

Irish Times

The show goes on for Nicola Benedetti despite flight cancellation

And, in another NCH show, Basel Symphony Orchestra and conductor Dennis Russell Davies memorably take on a major flop

NYCA

2016 NYCA Worldwide Debut Audition for Pianists and Violinists of any nationality

The Worldwide Debut Audition is to discover young musicians of great talents, and give them the opportunities to expose themselves to the world through their debut stage

audiophil

Menahem Pressler

Der Pianist Menahem Pressler wird für sein Lebenswerk mit dem ECHO Klassik ausgezeichnet

Pizzicato

Stiftung Mozarteum unter neuer Leitung

Innerhalb kurzer Zeit hat das Präsidium der Stiftung Mozarteum zwei wichtige personelle Entscheidungen in Nachfolge von Matthias Schulz getroffen

KulturPort.de

Jahreskonferenz Musikland Niedersachsen 2015

Einmal im Jahr treffen sich die niedersächsischen Musikschaffenden szenenübergreifend zur Jahreskonferenz der Musikland Niedersachsen gGmbH

El Mundo

Donny Hathaway: cuerpo al vacío

Se cumple el aniversario del extraño suicidio del músico negro más admirado por toda una generación de la música soul

Twitter

Classic FMIt’s in a piece of music Happy Birthday with and Edgar Meyer First Impressions

JazzUK To celebrate our 30th anniversary, we’ve launched our campaign, aiming to raise £30k to keep alive:

TNT Magazine: The best places to experience classical music:

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Image: Gramophone

(Written on October 7, 2015 )

In honour of Bastille Day, here at WildKat PR we have been taking a moment to reflect on all things French! Here are our favourite French composers and a few guilty pleasures…


Composers

1. Debussy

Despite being born into an unmusical, working class family, Debussy’s talent for music blossomed at an early age. He studied composition at the Paris Conservatoire from the age of 10 where he developed his skills as the renowned Impressionist composer we know him as today.

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2. Ravel

Best-known for Boléro (used by Torvill and Dean), Ravel is one of France’s most celebrated Impressionist composers, although like Debussy, he rejected this label.

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3. Fauré 

Fauré didn’t have an easy life. However, despite the late onset of his success, his increasing deafness and aural hallucinations, he produced some of France’s most popular and adored music, including his nocturnes and songs like ‘Clair de Lune’

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4. Lully

Less frequently played than the other composers on our list, Lully was  a very important French composer. Modern film ‘Le Roi Danse’ depicts his role as composer to king Louis XIV.

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5. Saint-Saëns

Another child star, Saint-Saëns gave his first private performance at the age of 5 and started composing the year after. ‘Carnival of the Animals’ and ‘Danse Macabre’ are his most popular works.

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Guilty pleasures

1. Wine

If there’s one thing the French know how to do, it’s wine. And for this, we are truly grateful.

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2. Cheese

Brie, camembert, roquefort, emmental. We could go on…

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3. Disneyland Paris

Rides, Disney music and Mickey Mouse. What’s not to love?

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4. Les Mis

Is this a guilty pleasure? Opinion here is divided.

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5. Croissants

Whilst we are conscious our list of guilty pleasures is a little culinary-heavy, it would be unfair not to give this delicious delicacy a brief mention.

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(Written on July 14, 2015 )

Cellist Corinne Morris is to perform in a series of three recitals at 1901 Arts Club.

Starting tomorrow, 12th November, Corinne will be curating and playing in the three concerts – each of which explore a unique theme. Master Works for Cello & Piano introduces familiar and not so familiar French repertoire from the late 19th century to the early 20th century with works by Debussy, Godard and Saint-Saëns. Featuring alongside Corinne will be acclaimed pianist Kathron Sturrock.

Corinne has recently re-launched her music career after suffering a debilitating shoulder injury, which forced her to take a five-year break. Her comeback disc Macedonian Sessions, described by Classical Music Magazine as ‘a triumph assertion’, features music from Tchaikovsky, Bruch, Fauré, Saint-Saëns and Piazzolla, as well as an original self-penned composition. It was recorded with the Macedonian Radio Symphony and has also been filmed for release on DVD.

The second and third concerts in the series will be taking place on 19th and 26th November and will feature Corinne, as well as pianist Viv McLean, the Melicus Duo and violinist Fenella Humphreys, all at the 1901 Arts Club.

Details of the concert can be found here and for more information about Corinne you can go to her website or find her on Twitter or Facebook.

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(Written on November 11, 2014 )

WildKat PR is delighted to welcome pianist Jean Muller to its client roster.

Jean Muller is an internationally established pianist with extraordinary artistic genuineness. Born in Luxembourg in 1979, he was only six when he took his first piano lessons with Marie- José Hengesch at the Conservatoire de Luxembourg. Jean Muller has been awarded twelve first prizes at international competitions, the most recent one in 2013 as ‘Export Artist of the Year 2013’ by Music:LX. He has also performed on several occasions during state visits of Their Royal Highnesses Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria-Teresa of Luxembourg. In 2007 the Grand Duke of Luxembourg made him Chevalier de l’Ordre de Mérite Civil et Militaire d’Adolphe de Nassau.

Jean has given over 300 concerts in Europe, Asia and the U.S.A. at major concert halls such as the Megaron in Athens, the NCPA in Beijing, the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Alte Oper Frankfurt, the Kings Place London, the Luxembourg Philharmonie, the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Salle Cortot in Paris and the Musikverein in Vienna. He has been featured on numerous radio stations including BBC Radio 3, DeutschlandRadio Kultur, Bayern 4, France Musique, Radio Canada, Musique 3 and others.

During 2013, Jean Muller presented his new CD “Chopin Recital” during a worldwide tour. WildKat PR will be working with Jean to launch the 2014 project ‘Transcendence’ with a global tour as well as the release of a CD. He is scheduled to perform in Luxembourg, Paris, Frankfurt, Berlin, New York and completing the tour in London. 

The ‘Transcendence’-album, which includes the complete set of Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes and the Mephisto Waltz No. 1 in the dazzling version of Vladimir Horowitz, will be released in March 2014. Besides his tour he will be playing in the opening concert at Classical:NEXT in Vienna in May, as well as performing for the 6th time during an official state visit of the Grand Duke of Luxembourg, this time in Poland.

 

(Written on February 6, 2014 )

Fast approaching on Wednesday 29th January is conductor Lionel Bringuier‘s concert, in which he will be conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Centre in London.

The programme is set to include works by composers such as Beethoven, Dalbavie, and Ravel, and alongside these works will be the UK premiere of Gérard Pesson’s Ravel à son âme. The evening’s performance of Marc-André Dalbavie’s Flute Concerto will feature Michael Cox who is the principle flautist of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Purchase tickets to the concert at the Barbican Centre, and follow the latest from Lionel via his website and Facebook.

Lionel Bringuier

Lionel Bringuier


(Written on January 21, 2014 )

Global Post

French luxury piano maker Pleyel plays its final notes

Top-end French piano maker Pleyel, whose instruments were used by the likes of Frederic Chopin, Claude Debussy and Franz Liszt, announced Wednesday it will end production by the end of the year

Star Tribune

For Minnesota Orchestra, a fresh start

Recent times have seen the end of The Minnesota Orchestra, but the future suggests there may be a Minnesota Symphony Orchestra… there is an ensemble, a venue and an endowment. All that is needed now is a vision

SF Gate

‘Unsound’ documentary explores collapse of music industry

San Francisco based musician and producer Mikael “Count” Eldridge (DJ Shadow, Galactic) is currently raising funds through an IndieGogo campaign to complete “Unsound,” a documentary that explores the collapse of the music industry in the wake of the Internet

The Strad

American violinist Stephen Waarts wins Young Concert Artists auditions

Violinist Stephen Waarts was the only string player among the three first-prize winners of this year’s Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York

From the archive: The tale of the King of Spain Strads

The set of decorated Stradivari instruments housed at the Royal Palace of Madrid made news recently when they received their first public performance, by the Quiroga Quartet from Spain

Der Tagesspiegel

Sein Weg mit Karajan

32 Jahre lang hat Peter Csobadi als Pressesprecher dem Dirigenten Herbert von Karajan treue Dienste geleistet. Zuvor war der Ungar bereits Sekretär Ferenc Fricsays gewesen, SFB-Redakteur und Pressechef der Berliner Festwochen. In einem Hörbuch erzählt der 90-Jährige nun aus seinem Leben

Global Post

Global Post

(Written on November 14, 2013 )